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Under the latest bureaucratic reshuffle, Wajahat Habibulla, a senior IAS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre of 1968 batch has been appointed secretary of Panchayati Raj ministry. Before this, he was secretary in the ministery of textiles. 

Mohammad Anees Ansar, a social worker has been appointed general secretary of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee‘s minorities department.

Congress leader Syed Sibte Razi has been appointed governor of Jharkhand. This was stated in a press release from Rashtrapati Bhawan. He has been appointed in place of the outgoing governor, Ved Prakash Marwah, who has completed his term. Razi was minister of state for home affairs in PV Narasimha Rao‘s government which was formed in 1991.

Dr Syed Zaheer Husain Jaffrey, a reader in the Department of History in Delhi University has been promoted as professor of Medieval Indian History on Selection Committee‘s recommendation. His two books, including Avadh: From Moghul to Colonial Rule have already been published. Before joining Delhi University‘s department of history, he was a lecturer in Dr Zakir Husain College, New Delhi.

Sultan Ahmad, a film producer who made films depicting dacoits lives and activities such as Ganga ki Saugandh, ‘and Data etc is no more now, but his wife Farah Diba Sultan has now decided to continue her late husband‘s work. Sultan Ahmad used big stars for making his films but now his wife is working on her new film Husn... Love and Betrayal’ with neglected and little known stars. This film is directed by Imteyaz Khan. Music director is Ismail Durbar and lyrics are by Nida Fazili. 

Punjab government has announced the names of six new members of Punjab Waqf Board. The new members are Razia Sultana, MLA from Malerkotla; Mohammad Izhar Alam, Addl. Director General of Police; Dr Naashir Naqvi, a lecturer in the department of Persian at Pubjabi University in Patiala; Abdul Waheed of Patiala; Khalifa Syed Mohammad Yahya Mujaddidi of Rauza-e Sharif Sarhind, district Fatehgarh and Maulana Mufti Fazlur Rahman Hilal Usmani of Jamia Darus Salam, Malerkotla. 

Kick-boxing is a new name in the world of sports. Though still in its infancy, it is growing fast in India. Twenty-three years old Ziauddin Khatib of Mumbai‘s Rizvi College is promoting this sport all alone in India for the last couple of years and has become the city’s kick-boxing champion. Recently he beat Russia‘s Alexsandra Babin when he knocked him out in the first round and won gold medal in the World Cup Kick Boxing Championship. Earlier, when he had won the world title in Nasik and made India proud, the Union sports minister Sunil Dutt had promised to promote this sport in India but nothing has been done so far, with the result that in the absence of any sponsor, he himself had to manage his trip to Russia. Hope the sports minister will do some thing now 

Mohammad Arshad has been appointed a member of Delhi Telephones‘ East Zone Advisory Board by the ministry of telecommunications. He is also an accomplished photographer. 

Doctor RESHMA KHAN and DOCTOR IRINA DEY of JN Medical College of Aligarh Muslim University have been awarded gold medals for their best research papers at a conference of UP Chapter of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at S N Medical College in Agra. Expert gynaecologists from all over the country attended the conference and presented their papers on population control, adolescent age and high risk pregnancy among women.

DR SS AHMAD, Reader and Chairman, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Dr Ziauddin Ahmad Dental College of AMU has been awarded with a prestigious fellowship of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in United Kingdom. The fellowship is awarded to the dental surgeons for academic excellence.
PROF. FA JILANI of the Institute of Ophthalmology at AMU has been elected vice president of UP State Ophthalmological Society, Agra. She was recently invited to a conference organised in Agra, as a guest lecturer on the "management of glaucoma". She also chaired the session on glaucoma at the conference. 

Dr Kausar Husain, the prominent sex and secret diseases specialist is an honoured invitee for the first Asian Sex Workshop on ‘Sex held in Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Hotel from 21 to 24 November. In this Workshop he will read his research paper on ‘Impotence and its Modern Treatment.’ Dr Husain is a Fellow of International Council of Sex Education and Parenthood, Washington DC (USA) and has been honoured with several awards. Recently he was honoured with National Health Award in Delhi which consisted of a trophy, gold medal and a commendation certificate.

Aligarh Muslim University has awarded Ph.D and M. Phil degrees to the following students in different disciplines: Izzatullah (Law), Harshita Varshni (Bio-Chemistry), Aminuzzaman (Political Science), Naseer Ahmad Zargar (Islamic Studies), Javed Ahmad Khan (Arabic) and Mohsin Aziz (Business Administration). These are the boy and girl students to whom PhDs have been awarded. M.Phil degrees have been awarded to Naseem Ahmad Khan (Applied Mathematics) and Garima Kumari (Physics).

Aziz Ibrahim, a guitarist who played with some of the best British rock bands became a target of racist hatred and abuse and even death threat when he replaced John Squire as guitarist for the Stone Roses. All that has however vanished now. Born in Manchester (his parents were living in Lahore, then a part of India, remained in Pakistan and then migrated to England in early 1960s), he was advised by his parents not to make music a career but he ignored their advice. Presently in India to learn tabla from his mentor Dalbir Singh Rattan, he thinks that tabla should be made an integral part of rock as guitar is. He played western music at Jazz Garden, Pune; The Park, Kolkata and The Mall at Darjeeling during his stay in India. 

Expressing her unhappiness that the contemporary men of letters have started considering themselves superior and more important than literature itself, Ms
The AMU awarded the following degrees to its research scholars, Ph.D degrees to Mohammad Saleem (Hindi), Ghulam Nabi Teli (Islamic Studies), and Nasrullah Bhatt. M.Phil degrees were awarded to Arafat Firdaus and Nisar Ahmad (Physics). «

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